Kira Erickson

Whidbey crafters sew pouches for Australian wildlife

In some cases, social media really can serve as the great unifier. When Kaili Slate and Denice Bochantin saw the devastation wildfires had been causing… Continue reading

South Whidbey High School band set to compete nationally

The South Whidbey High School’s jazz band has been chosen as one of a dozen to compete in a national competition this spring, proving that… Continue reading

Freeland pot shop makes big donation to coalition

Last month, Island Herb offered the Whidbey Homeless Coalition the challenge of matching a $10,000 donation. Eric Wing, Island Herb’s general manager, said the store’s… Continue reading

New Trustland trail already popular

The Trustland Trails recently got a new addition. In early December, about a third of a mile was added to the existing few miles of… Continue reading

Mardi Gras parade marching to Langley as part of Mystery Weekend

Amateur sleuths looking to participate in Langley’s Mystery Weekend may find themselves joining a new type of event this year. Just in time for Fat… Continue reading

It’s snow fun

South Whidbey got a modest amount of snowfall on Monday, to the delight of school kids. More snow fell Tuesday, prompting school to cancel classes… Continue reading

Crunch time

When her daughter was growing up, Marybeth Shirley wanted to make her a breakfast option that didn’t contain wheat. Switching to a grain-free diet had… Continue reading

New campground planned near Langley

Campers may have a new place to stake their tents, starting this summer. The proposed campground, a South Whidbey Parks and Recreation project, will be… Continue reading

Friday Harbor couple welcomes first Whidbey baby of 2020

Whidbey Island’s first baby of the new year was born to parents from a different island. Leah Swearingen and her husband Christian Carter, both residents… Continue reading

South Whidbey Children’s Center director to retire in May

For Kris Barker, being executive director of the South Whidbey Children’s Center has been a role of both work and play. After nearly nine years… Continue reading

A cold opening

On a surprisingly sunny New Year’s Day, South Enders waded into the waiting waters of Double Bluff Beach at noon. Some quickly waded back out… Continue reading

Losing weight, gaining perspective

For some, moving to Whidbey Island can be refreshing, rejuvenating and a nice change of pace. Deb Helfrich credits her move to South Whidbey with… Continue reading

Strong year for retail in Langley

Several data sets point to 2019 as a successful year for tourism-related business in Langley. The 4 percent lodging tax, which applies to hotels and… Continue reading

South Whidbey Parks and Recreation board seeks to fill vacancy

The South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District is currently seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on its Board of Commissioners. Because the position is for… Continue reading

2020 Sea Float Scramble bigger than ever

Sea float seekers, get ready. Langley’s annual Sea Float Scramble will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4. The event, now in its… Continue reading

Farmers milking the opportunity to teach about goats

When it comes to goats, Clinton resident Anza Muenchow is not kidding around. She and two other instructors from South Whidbey Tilth have been offering… Continue reading

Green burial plots to be added to cemeter y

The demand for green burial in Langley continues to grow. At a meeting on Dec. 16, the City Council approved the addition of eight more… Continue reading

Ring in the New Year where ever you are on the island

With New Year’s Eve approaching, there are several events and celebrations planned for just about everywhere on the island. In Oak Harbor, catch the fireworks… Continue reading

Orcas visit Whidbey waters just in time for the holidays

On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, whale-watchers on the South End were treated with a special present: The J pod the Southern Resident orcas traveled… Continue reading

Pot shop collecting coats for good cause

For the second year in a row, Whidbey Island Cannabis Company in Freeland is accepting donations of coats and other clothing items in exchange for… Continue reading